Use of media-rich real-time collaboration tools for learning and teaching in Australian and New Zealand universities.

Matt Bower, Gregor E. Kennedy, Barney Dalgarno, Mark Lee, Jacqueline Kenney, Paula de Barba

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This paper provides an overview of media-rich real-time collaboration tool use for learning andteaching in Australian and New Zealand universities. These tools, which include videoconferencing tools, web conferencing tools and virtual worlds, afford students and teachers theability to synchronously represent concepts, and enable them to interact with one another to negotiate meaning and develop a sense of connectedness. A survey of 750 higher educatorsrevealed that while desktop video conferencing and web conferencing use display an upwardtrend, virtual worlds are being used by substantially fewer educators, and have recently begun toexperience a decline in usage. There are four major web conferencing products being used,whereas desktop video conferencing and virtual worlds are each being dominated by a singleproduct. The 'best' uses of each technology as perceived by respondents with experience in arange of tools are examined, before the paper concludes with a discussion of implications for tertiary learning and teaching, along with an outline of the authors' future plans.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASCILITE 2012
Subtitle of host publicationFuture challenges, sustainable futures
EditorsT Stewart
Place of PublicationAustralia
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780473229894
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventASCILITE 2012: 29th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education - Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 25 Nov 201228 Nov 2012
Conference number: 110439 (Conference proceedings)


ConferenceASCILITE 2012
Abbreviated titleFuture challenges, sustainable futures
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
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